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Chapter 1. Upgrading to Mac OS X > Prepping Your Hard Drive

Prepping Your Hard Drive

Because it is a very good idea to install OS X to run alongside OS 9, you may be wondering about the best way to set up your hard drive. In other systems, you may need to place each OS on a different hard-drive partition. This used to be the case with the Mac OS, too. In the past, each version of a Mac OS needed its own partition (or volume). Users chose which operating system to engage by using the Startup Disk utility to select which partition (and therefore which operating system) would boot up.

Doing so is not necessary when using OS X alongside an earlier Mac OS. It is now possible to load two System Folders (where most of the operating system’s code resides) onto the same hard drive. OS X uses a new utility called System Disk, which lets users choose which OS to load on startup. It is possible to partition your drive. But you should do this only if you use a lot of Classic applications and do not want to see a performance hit on your OS X applications by running them on the same drive. A very strong word of warning: if you have only one drive to partition, make sure that everything on your drive is backed up! Also, because OS X needs at least 1.5GB of drive space, don’t bother partitioning if your hard drive is less than 12GB.


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